Lingering When You Would Have None of It

It’s Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day and the internet is having fun figuring that one out. 🙂 I’ll leave the meme’s to handle this one. Earlier this week, our team was sitting around the table for morning devotions as we do each morning, and our Bibles were open to Isaiah 30:15-18. We were preparing our hearts for this season of … Read More

Navigating the Frontiers

As children’s and family ministry leaders, we know that what we’ve been entrusted with can feel like a frontier… and the frontiers take faith. It is by faith we not only move forward, we RUN. Next January, we are looking to the beautiful truths of Hebrews 11 and 12 for CPC19… And in doing so, we are embracing the theme “By Faith.” … Read More

Monuments: Reflect, Respond, Re-Envision

We’re hours away from 2018. As I write this, I wonder about you… I wonder what 2017 held for you. Several of you have shared your stories with me, so I know you’ve navigated the tough and terrific stuff of life and leadership this year. I know you’ve welcomed new babies, or watched your babies walk across a stage in … Read More

Advent Week 4: God With Us Always

Matthew 1:23 (KJV) | Isaiah 7:14 | Matthew 28:18-20 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel, which is translated, “God with us.” “and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” My teenage daughter lives … Read More

Advent Week 3: Racing Toward the End

Hebrews 12:1-3 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the … Read More

Advent Week 2: Candy Hearts, Broken Hearts, Rescued Hearts

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always … Read More

Advent Week 1: Stuck In The Middle With You

“Come quickly, Lord Jesus.” This phrase of longing is one I seem to be hearing a lot lately. The daily news reports feel more depressing than informative, tragic rather than triumphant, deterioration instead of progress. Isn’t there any good in the world to talk about? Revelation 22:12-13 He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, … Read More

The Children’s Pastor Who Can Do It All

Remember that part in the Bible where it says “You have every strength and talent and gift to do it all. Don’t feel like you have to rely on anyone. You got this!”? No? Good. Cause it’s not in there. In fact, a quick read through 1 Corinthians 12, and we’re reminded that no one posses all the strengths, and … Read More

Gathering the Family Around God’s Word – Meet SRT!

Are you looking for ways to encourage families to dig into God’s Word together? With Advent around the corner, are you wondering what is out there for you and the families you serve? Are you looking for something for your own personal discipleship that encourages YOUR time in Scripture? We could not be MORE excited to introduce you to our … Read More

The Best Flavor of Leadership

Great coffee. Fresh watermelon on a hot summer day. Roasted vegetables that were brushed with balsamic. Cherry pie from my favorite pie shop in Chicago. My mom’s famous stuffing and cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving… I love the flavors of all of these things. They’re all different. They’re all satisfying. They should not all go in a blender together. That would … Read More